We are very excited to announce that Sendero de Esperanza y Amor (SEA), our newest project, is officially open and is home now for several teenage girls ranging in age from 12 to 14. Some have come from other shelters in Puerto Vallarta and some have arrived directly from DIF, the Social Services organization in Mexico. This innovative, non-profit shelter offers a smaller, family-like environment filled with hope and love for teens who have been abused, abandoned, or living in extreme poverty. The girls living at SEA are now experiencing how strong families can function with consistent expectations and values. They are learning to cook, clean, sew, wash clothes, and work together for the benefit of the group. They participate in shopping, selection of clothing and school needs, and are involved projects that might help to raise additional funds. Two different house mothers guide them with daily chores, homework, special interest projects, and incentives for positive contributions to the home. Other SEA board members offer psychological counseling and direct support with their schools. The girls are happy and thriving with this new approach. If you would like to be a part of the SEA experience, please send a donation to CSHF right away with a notation that it is for the girls and staff at SEA.